For months education researchers have been fiercely flagging the fact that a huge wave of teacher retirements is going to hit South Africa between now and 2030, as more than half of public school teachers are already over the age of 50.

The good news is that, given the strides universities have made in ramping up the production of young teachers in recent years, they should be better able to meet the additional demand. New teacher graduates also score significantly higher than older teachers on content knowledge tests, especially in maths...

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